Our students see things differently.

Mills College prepares practitioners and change makers in the field of education for leadership in settings inside and beyond the classroom, including policy and advocacy roles. Recipients of the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership will go on to become luminaries and pioneers in their institutions through a community built on self-expression, critical reflection, and the desire to change the world for the better.

Key Learning Outcomes



Become a leader who organizes teams and develops thoughtful and intentional curricula from both a high-level and on-the-ground perspective, approaching any issue with compassion, ethics, and grit.


A purposeful implementation of research tools and an application of inquiry methods and change theory in strategic planning, implementation, and assessment, performed in collaboration with teaching and learning constituencies.



A breadth of management strategies and methods to ensure that you are comfortable and successful in positions managing teams, employees, and fiscal resources.


A collaborative model of leadership that values inclusiveness, collaboration, and information sharing.



An approach to organization, infrastructure, and the planning of programs and initiatives across the fields of education and youth services. You will also develop critical skills needed to assess progress and possibilities—of individual students, teams, and systems.


Social Impact


For over a century, Mills has had a reputation as a community and institution acutely concerned with social justice and achieving equity. As a Mills student, you will follow a tradition of social consciousness and learn to gear your decisions, practice, and communities toward change for the better.


A learning model that is focused on implementing organizational change through the growth and development of all stakeholders.

Curriculum Key Skills

To reach our stated goal of developing your abilities so that you can pursue positions in educational leadership, we have identified four core competencies that you must be able to perform upon program completion.

  • Identify your philosophical orientation and develop your moral/ethical grounding
  • Implement curricular change through creating learning environments where teachers and students thrive
  • Organize teams to develop new curricular approaches
  • Identify and organize high-quality professional development and create plans for implementation
  • Implement change through the improvement of teaching and learning practices
  • Work with others to create an inclusive community of learners
  • Identify issues and approaches in evaluation
  • Evaluate and design program improvement
  • Evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies and programs
  • Apply a systems perspective to effectively guide change in your educational community
  • Identify and analyze the origins of school fiscal/non-fiscal resources
  • Manage the budget planning and implementation process as driven by multiple priorities
  • Manage human resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the political nature of education and its impact on your community
  • Work effectively by respecting and having empathy for constituent groups with multiple perspectives
  • Manage program development in the context of competing interests
  • Exhibit the ability to operationalize legal and regulatory requirements, concepts of legal processes, and organizational resources
  • Promote awareness and understanding of diverse populations in the school and community
  • Collaborate and develop relationships with community stakeholders to address conditions that affect learning

Upcoming Events

Trauma Informed Leadership Virtual Event (Hosted by Dr. Tomas Galguera)
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
6:00pm PST
Outcomes from the MA in Educational Leadership (Online)
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
6:00pm PST

Important Dates

Fall 2021

Priority Complete Deadline
June 3, 2021
Final Submit Deadline
July 1, 2021
Final Complete Deadline
July 15, 2021
Fall Classes Begin
August 25, 2021

While Mills is charting a new path for the future, we are still enrolling graduate students for fall 2021.